A few weeks ago, a volunteer came into my office on another busy Friday. “Can you help this customer?” she asked. “She got a letter about her property taxes and she doesn’t know what it’s about,” she explained.
I went to speak with the customer to learn more. Well into her 80s, she was shopping in a wheelchair, visibly upset. “They’re going to take my house,” she said. After gathering some information, it was time to investigate.
A quick look at the Franklin County Auditor’s website showed her property taxes were current. Perhaps the letter was sent in error or it was in regard to another matter. We had to find out, but how? If it was a legal matter, who could help?
Short answer: the Legal Aid Society of Columbus. I sent all the information to our friends at Legal Aid and explained the situation. They called the customer to learn more about the notice she received in the mail. The customer is now working with the City of Columbus to find out why she received this notice. If our customer needs additional assistance, our friends at the Legal Aid Society of Columbus are a phone call away and completely free of charge.
This story will have a happy ending, and it’s all because of the wonderful partnerships that help NNEMAP Food Pantry serve more than food.
-Our CUSTOMER, our most important partner, knew she could share her concern with the NNEMAP volunteer who was helping her shop.
-Our VOLUNTEER, the heart and soul of our organization, knew there was some way we could help.
-Our STAFF identified an agency that could help the customer.
-Our REPRESENTATIVE from the Legal Aid Society of Columbus immediately responded to our customer’s needs and continues to follow up.
At NNEMAP Food Pantry, we can give you food. And we can listen.
We can’t give you legal advice, but we can connect you with someone who can.
We can’t complete your application for SNAP/Food Stamps benefits, but we can connect you with someone who will.
We can’t help you choose the right health care plan or explain how open enrollment works, but we can connect you with someone who does.
We CAN care about connecting you to trusted, quality services and organizations. And we do. Because ALL of our partnerships are important.
To find out how YOU CAN BE A PARTNER, click the link below. We can’t wait to see you!
We are blessed to receive a $1,000 grant from The Catholic Foundation through the Foundation’s responsive grant cycle. This grant will help us continue to grow our service area and distribute more fresh and healthy food to more customers. We are proud that our pantry is being acknowledged and supported for all the good work we do.
We are grateful for all the donors who made this grant possible through The Catholic Foundation. Individuals who care deeply about helping others and want to do more in their community can set up endowments and other funds through The Catholic Foundation for the benefit of organizations like NNEMAP Food Pantry.
To learn more about how you can set up funds to help NNEMAP Food Pantry, please reach out to The Catholic Foundation’s Director of Development, Scott Hartman, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 614-443-8893.
To make a secure, online donation to NNEMAP Food Pantry right now, CLICK HERE.
To learn how your planned gift can leave a lasting legacy at NNEMAP Food Pantry, contact Sean Becker, Director of Development + Marketing, at 405-850-1688 or email@example.com.
#GivingTuesday has given way to Grateful Wednesday. Why are we so grateful? Because of YOU! Thanks to a generous matching funds opportunity, NNEMAP Food Pantry donors raised $3,600 to help fuel our mission!
NNEMAP Food Pantry can do a lot with a little. That $3,600 can buy about 2 months worth of food for our customers AND pay the electricity bill to keep it fresh.
So what does “2 months worth of food” even mean?!? Good question–let us explain. We see about 1,500 pantry visits each month, and each household averages about 3 members. We provide enough food for about 3 days worth of meals per pantry visit (so about 9 meals per person per visit).
So that $3,600 will account for about 40,000 meals (1,500 pantry visits x 3 persons per household x 9 meals per person)…
…AND enough cash leftover to keep the lights on and the freezers and coolers running. We’re pretty thrifty!
We are all about second chances. If you missed out on Giving Tuesday, don’t despair. You can always DONATE NOW!!! We promise to get some bang for your bucks!
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT OF OUR MISSION!!!
Today’s the day–Giving Tuesday has arrived! Today, the world unites in a global giving event to assist nonprofit organizations like NNEMAP Food Pantry. Thanks to a pair of generous donors, MATCHING FUNDS are available. A generous donor has offered to match the first $1,000 donated dollar-for-dollar. Let’s meet that goal!
But wait, oh yes, there’s more!
A second generous donor has agreed to MATCH THE NEXT $500. That’s right–MATCHING FUNDS are available FOR THE FIRST $1,500 RAISED on Giving Tuesday!
This amazing matching funds offer expires at midnight. Don’t delay….
THANK YOU to our generous matching funds donors and everyone who contributes to our mission. We are grateful for your dedication and support. We can’t do it without you!!!
We’ve joined the fight against poverty with @United Way of Central Ohio, and we need you on our team! 1 in 3 people in central Ohio lack the income to meet their basic needs. But you can be part of the solution. Join us and @United Way of Central Ohio in the fight against poverty by supporting NNEMAP Food Pantry in a fun and exciting “March Madness”-style fundraising tournament.
NOW through March 10, your donation gives NNEMAP Food Pantry a strong start in this year’s Knock Out Poverty bracket challenge as we compete for a $200,000 prize pool!
Get in the game and help us #KnockOutPoverty in our city. All you need to do is CLICK HERE TO DONATE! 100% of your donation goes to NNEMAP Food Pantry.
Bracket standings go LIVE on March 11. More donors + more donations = more prize money for NNEMAP Food Pantry! The best part? No matter who wins, we ALL win!
THANK YOU for supporting our quest to win the #KOPChallenge!